IT is official; it is final. For CCM, preference for a two-tier Union government is a foregone conclusion.
As all roads lead to this national capital in the fast making ready for the opening of the Constituent Assembly, the ruling party has insisted on its proposal for the two-tier system of government, pending improvements on some areas of the new constitution draft.
The decision was reached during the two-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting under the party’s national chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete.
CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary Nape Nnauye told reporters that they have opted for a two-tier union government as opposed to the three proposed in the new constitution draft.
“The meeting ended on midnight on Sunday after going through the draft constitution section by section and we agreed that as a party, our stand is a two-tier union government” he said.
However, according to Mr Nnauye, CCM has despite its stand proposed for amendments of some sections under the union government structure in accordance with the views given by the people to improve it and make it more acceptable in both the Mainland and Zanzibar.
The CCM leader told reporters that the MPs on the party’s ticket will impress upon Tanzanians as well as argue and give logical reasons as to why they have opted for the two-tier union government to garner their support towards the agenda.
Mr Nnauye said the party’s stand followed the challenges voiced and registered on the constitution draft, which outlined eight “problems” areas that are being contested by the mainlanders and nine by Zanzibaris, saying they have come up with their solutions.
“Much as we will go for the majority vote, we believe our argument will stand since we enjoy the support of the majority of Tanzanians in addition to having a larger membership base than any other political party,’’ he observed.
Mr Nnauye urged members of the constituent assembly to argue by logic and ignore the tradition that whoever gives an opposing opinion is a traitor. He called on them to respect one another and also respect different views in the quest for the best constitution.